La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)
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La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)
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Style:
Dubbel
Ranked #19
ABV:
7%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,143
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 10.63%
Reviews:
436
Ratings:
929
From:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
 
Netherlands
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  74
Gots
  203
SCORE
88
Very Good
La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)
Notes: La Trappe Dubbel has a deep brown colour and attractive beige froth. The use of caramel malt gives it a gentle aromatic caramelised quality. It has a rich malty flavour with a touch of sweetness. Post-fermenting La Trappe Dubbel is a smooth drink, and yet has some real body and intense flavour to it.
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The_Bujon from Ireland

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light brown, small caramel head, lacing is good.

Aroma is pleasant, toffee, figs and malt, quite sweet with a touch of irony metallic.

Taste is very good, sweetness is carried through from the aroma along with the toffee and figs.

Feel is very smooth and drinkable, only slight obscured by that artificial metallic sweetness.

Overall, very solid dubbel from a mass producer.

Jul 05, 2020
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misteil from Ireland

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look: dark brown mahogany coloured beer, one finger thick smooth off white head with good retention and a tonne of lacing, very elegant looking beer.

smell: much like their tripel, there’s this very dominant banana aroma, although there is also a lot of spice, clove, roasted smokey malt flavours, caramel, orange and lemon peel, dark fruits, some nutmeg maybe, alcohol is well hidden but there’s somewhat of a presence.

taste: a smack of malt at first, somewhat bready and earthy, some nutty flavours, then a caramel syrupy sweetness alongside those banana flavours, floral and herbal, fig and plum, and then a smoky finish with a hit of spice, a bit of bitterness on the finish too, perhaps a tad metallic.

feel: medium to full bodied, light carbonation, sticky, a touch oily, certainly a pop of spice on the tongue, a bit of warming of the back of the throat,

overall: way better than their tripel, which granted is still good, but this is most pleasant indeed, i’ve ordered a bottle of their quad and i’m now looking forward to that even more.

May 05, 2020
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Pablcol from Spain

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, bb Nov 2022, pretty fresh.

Served in a goblet, at around 7ºC, a bit cold so I let it settle and heat a bit at room temperature. When poured, it formed a thick, bubbly, white collar, it went down a few moments later.

It had a deep brown colour, with red-ish undertones when viewed in front of light. Very nice look for brown ale.

In nose, a sweet and spicy aroma is the first thing it comes to mind, also a bit malty and not at all alcoholic.

When tasted, the first flavor is deeply spicy, specifically clove and black pepper, it's surprisingly easy to drink. It lingered in my mouth for some time, and numbs it a bit, but overall is very tasty and pleasant.

Mar 28, 2020
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KooVee from Finland

4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

33cl, still well over 2y to go, so very fresh.

Deep copper, verging on mahogany. Clear. Plenty of fine-grained foam and lace that sticks.

Nose is primarily all kinds of candied fruit and brown sugar. Some nutmeg riding on pleasant background alcohol. Overall an enticing, thick scent.

Taste is very balanced... the candied fruit is all there, but the sweetness is controlled by having just light enough body and some hop-derived bitterness around the edges. A bit, but just a hint, really, of cellar in the moderately long aftertaste.

Delightful, supremely drinkable for the style, and probably my favorite dubbel. Usually these tire your palate but this one is an exception.

Dec 25, 2019
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OlaB from Norway

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark-brown color with a medium top off beige head that dissolves slowly.
Aroma is of dark malts, caramel,cherries, plums,raisins ,brown sugar and spices.
The taste is sweet and malty with nice notes off dried fruits,caramel, toasted malts and spices. The malt notes keeps all to the end and leaves a long aftertaste. Nicely ballanced.
Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
A very solid and nice example of a dubbel.

Nov 29, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L- Deep ruby/chestnut, clear (poured carefully, it's bottle conditioned). Pours with 3mm fine-bubble pale tan head.
S- Deep, puddingy, luxurious.
T- Toasty, chilled British Xmas pudding (deep fruity complexity) with occasional glimpses of aromatic spices now and again.
F- It has a lovely balance between it's ABV% being apparent, a solid flavour yet still being balanced by hoppy dryness.
O- This seems a versatile beer, great for winter and not too OTT (Tripel, Quad etc) to be enjoyed in summer.
330ml bottle: BB: 11/2021
p.s. I served this straight from the fridge. In retrospect I think the flavour would have opened up even more if I'd have served it a touch warmer

Nov 16, 2019
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Lanas from Greece

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Really great beer to drink like the "La Trappe Quardrupel" despite they are two different beers.. This is very strong and powerfull beer that can easy cover your month with high carboration and with alcohol.. Remind me little bit the "Rochefort 10" on that..
The taste is like sweet and bitter with a lot of caramel and chocolate tunes.. And the after taste is the best thing here.. You feel the chocolate very hard in your month..
Overall amazing beer to drink.. I feel is a safe choice to get any kind of "La trappe" beer..

Sep 14, 2019
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of Belgian Dubbel Day. Thanks for the idea @Zid!
Pouring a cellar temp 750 Corked and caged bottle into my Westmalle goblet. The beer pours a clear mahogany color with a fizzy and short lived foam of about 2 cm. The foam is khaki to almost orange or copper colored and is completely gone about 15 seconds after pouring the beer.
The aroma is caramel malt and some dark fruit, figs and plums mainly, I also get a bit of brown sugar and red grapes. A complex, but mild nose overall. No hop character and the abv is well hidden on the nose.
Moving to first sip, the beer has an average body and very fine and gentle rolling carbonation. The texture is smooth and it does leave a bit of a coating on my palate after each swallow.
The flavor is sweet with brown sugar and caramel dominant. I also get figs and plum here with no hops again. the ABV is well hidden and the beer drinks very easy. This is a generally sweet brew and I enjoy the mix of flavors. Ive been on a stout kick lately, but this tasting reminds me that I like this style. Will have to pick up a few more in the style in the near future.

Jun 16, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, dark mahogany coloration that turns amber when held up to the light and a large, fluffy head. Smell is quite sweet, dominated by caramel malt and muscovado sugar, with only faint hints of estery fruit and spice coming through. Taste follows the nose, being quite sweet, almost cloying, with the caramel malt and muscovado sugar standing out particularly and the bready malt and estery yeast notes taking a backseat, although there are also some dark/red fruit notes of fig, date and redcurrant to this, with a somewhat prevalent candy apple (glucose syrup) character as well. The typical estery banana and clove notes stay in the background, only coming out a little more in the aftertaste. Finishes quite sweet, with some caramel malt, candy apple (glucose syrup) and estery fruit/spice lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This is by far the sweetest Dubbel I've had so far, bordering on cloying, with all the dominating flavors being caramel malt, muscovado sugar, candy apple and glucose syrup and very little opposing flavors to balance things out. I actually found it difficult to finish this one because of the cloying sweetness. At least it has a very nice, full, almost creamy mouthfeel though.

Jun 15, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle marked K18C15 poured into a La Trappe goblet at fridge temp 7% ABV. The beer pours slightly hazy light to medium brown in color with minimal khaki head. The head quickly recedes to a thin island and ring around the glass. The aroma is sweet bread and dark sugar. The taste is more semisweet bread and burnt sugar with a last minute pop of dark fruit before a mildly bitter, mostly dry finish. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with above average carbonation and a tingly feel. Overall, very good, but not on pair with the other Trappist dubbels I've reviewed this week. The aroma and feel are both slightly weaker than the real contenders.

Apr 14, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a chalice. A hazy copper-brown color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and taste was as rich as I’ve experienced in a Dubbel, with raisin, fig, toffee, ripe banana, and faint bubblegum. Bright carbonation and medium bodied. Outstanding.

Mar 27, 2019
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the_awesometeer from California

3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is brown, a dark caramel color. It has a nice tan and foamy head. The beer has a nice sweet malt aroma with a hint of cherry. The beer has a very nice feel of carbonation to it. The beer is sweet with and rich with a nice hint of the typical dark fruits.

Mar 10, 2019
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle - dated best by 01-2021

clear, dark brown, khaki colored head that fades fast. nice malty aroma of caramel and toffee, but some earthy yeast too. similar flavor, good balance so it's not too sweet. thinner bodied, a bit too thin for me, and carbonation is lively as opposed to smooth.

Jan 29, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy, chestnut brown in color with 1/4inch head. Taste is big alcohol soaked golden raisin, dark bread, and caramel. Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, and very sweet. Would like more bread taste to this, but it is an interesting take on the style. On the fence as to if I would get this again, but am glad I tried it. Last new beer in 2018.

Jan 01, 2019
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biiru_ojisan from Japan

3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a creamy beige head. Color is dark brown with garnet highlights.

Nose is caramel and dried cherry.

Taste is dried cherry, hints of spicy phenols. Very dry throughout, with little spikes of sweetness.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, like something out of a cask. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. The alcohol warmth is very noticable, but not at all harsh.

Overall, this is a solid beer, like just about anything you would get from from any Trappist brewery. While it is very well made, it is not quite as good as some other Trappist brewed Dubbels out there. Still, it is a very well made and smooth drinking beer that is very much worth trying.

Dec 31, 2018
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CincyBeerGuy223 from Ohio

4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with thick foam.

Smell is sweet, predominantly of raisins, clove, and an apple like aroma.

Taste is very rich and just the right amount of sweet. Notes of raisins, spices, and apple.

Mouthfeel is medium. Decent carbonation.

Easy to drink. Very complex flavors that add to the experience of the beer. Overall a very solid Dubbel.

Dec 27, 2018
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elnachooo from Spain

3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cerveza de cuerpo ligero y carbonatación media. Al acercarnos a ella podemos distinguir la malta y la banana en su aroma. Una vez en boca es dulce, destacando nuevamente la banana pero también el caramelo y una sensación de almíbar. Ligera y equilibrada.

Nov 02, 2018
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Craig-er from New Hampshire

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big fan of Trappist Dubbel’s. Beautiful large bottle with a cork. No date on label. Poured into a chalace Westmalle glass that I purchased in Amsterdam. The fluffy white head faded quickly. The color is a rich looking dark brown. The taste is semi-sweet, nice carbonation and bread flavors. Overall a great example of the Trappist style.

Aug 25, 2018
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown with thick, fine foam.

Smell is sweet, with notes of raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon and cloves.

Taste is sweet and rich. Raisins, plums, spices and a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a classic dubbel, rich and still easy to drink.

Jul 31, 2018
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patre_tim from Thailand

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a rocky, 2 fingers of beige head.

Smells of cherries, dark fruits, and molasses.

The taste follows the nose, in a nice, almost perfect balance for a dubbel.

Medium body, slightly syrupy feel. Highly carbonated.

Classic beer I've had many times. This bottle I bought in China over 3 years ago, and have been cellaring it in New Hamburg, ON, where I am drinking it July 7th, 2018.

Jul 08, 2018
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citizencane from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours amber brown with decent head and minimal lacing. Smells of dark bread and caramel malts. Taste is same with heavier notes of caramel malts and a bit of creaminess on the tongue. Overall, great beer but not quite as great as the others I’ve had from them.

Jun 28, 2018
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy amber brown with a dense creamy khaki colored tan foam head. Notes of banana, raisin, dried fruits, apricot, mild clove spice, toasted bready malts, caramel, dark toffee, hint of chocolate, with floral earthy hops. Medium lighter bodied, creamy smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice dubbel.

Jun 18, 2018
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 740 ml bottle in a snifter. This nice dubbel pours a reddish brown
color with nice clarity and a very nice head of off white foam that settles to a
thick ring, nice clumping pool, and shows some nice light sudsy lacing. nose of
light cocoa, some subtle cola and dark sugar notes notes, light raisin, subtle earthy
malts, and light floral attributes. The taste is much as the nose with a floral note swathed
in drown sugar and more of a date flavor than raisin with hints of cocoa mingling nicely
with cola touches of cherry and light cranberry on the rear of the taste. Very nice mouth
feel that is lightly airy with carbonation and yeast notes that blend nicely into a medium
light body and a lightly sweet with a hint of dark fruit finish.

Overall, another fine ale from a fantastic brewery.

Cheers!

Apr 01, 2018
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Beersnake1 from California

3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from just over fridge temp and allowed to warm. Pours a nice dark golden reddish brown with great head. Nose is caramel, malts, wood, and dark fruit (cherries mostly). Taste is really great. Slight bitterness upfront. Nice caramel, wheat, bark, and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, a great dubbel.

Mar 09, 2018
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HermannTheGerman from Germany

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice brew. The smell is extraordinary. Reminds me on apples in a cellar. No bitterness in the initial taste. Almost like a nicely balanced a apple pie. No alcoholic after taste at all.

If you like Belgian doubles. This is the One.

Oct 31, 2017
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